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Notable Heirlooms

Rare Art Deco Opal and Diamond Earrings, c. 1930

This pair of earrings deserves an entire blog post to itself. Maybe it’s because I adore opals or because I wish I could wear these

The heirlooms hit the auction block in June of 2011 at Christie’s in London.  Their initial pre-auction estimate was £10,000 – £15,000, but they are notable because they ended up selling for nearly triple the high end of that estimate at £42,050!

Christie’s describes the heirlooms as a “drop-shaped opal, the terminals decorated with staggered baguette-cut and circular-cut diamonds collets to the diamond surmount, circa 1930, 6.0cm long.”  

It is surprising how low the estimated value was considering the size and color of the opals.

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